How to change the default folde when publishing courses

May 02, 2014

I have been trying to find where I can change the default folder setting so that when I publish my courses they always go to the same folder and not my C:\ drive which is the current setting, can anyone help / point me in the right direction please?

8 Replies
Ashley Terwilliger-Pollard

Hi Di,

You'll want to publish to your C: drive or a local drive as described here to prevent odd behavior within your Storyline course. You can change what folder, or create new folders while publishing from the publish window as detailed in this section of the publishing tutorial:

  1. In the Folder field, indicate the place on your computer where you want Storyline to create your published output. You can click the ellipsis button (...) to browse to a specific location. Storyline will create a new folder in that spot, with all the files needed to play your course.
    • Important! Always publish to a local drive on your computer. Publishing to a network drive or a USB drive can create problems with your published output. After you publish your course to a local folder, you can move the output to a web server and test it.
Terry Thomas

I've seen several threads on this topic, and no-one seems to understand the question, at the *heart* of it (in my opinion).

In our corporate environment (like others, it seems) we have no control over the Windows' system folder "my documents" (or "documents") AND Storyline always defaults to this folder for any operation (translation, publish)

I agree, working from the hard drive is best.  But in my world, "my documents" is *not* on our hard drive, it's a network drive. Unlike a home Windows edition, we cannot change the path of this folder, it is locked down.  And i don't want to have this extra constant browsing to get away from my documents.

I would like to know if we can stop Storyline from defaulting to the "documents" folder; can we manually tell it where to default to... stop picking 'my documents' all the time?

Thanx!  Terry

John Morgan

Hi Dana,

Thanks for reaching out! I understand you'd like to know if you can set the publishing output folder to something other than the Documents folder.

Currently, you’ll want to set that folder up on a per project basis in the Publish window. When creating a new project the default folder will be the Documents folder. After changing the folder within the project and saving the project, the output folder will continue to be the one you chose.

We don’t have an option for changing the publishing output folder once for all projects, but that sounds like an interesting idea that I can share with our product team.

I hope this clarifies things!